Dr. Gear loves freeriding. But to get to the most beautiful snow it's sometimes necessary that you skin up. Simply because Dr. Gear does not always want to go hit every PowderAlert of MeteoMorris. Sometimes it's nice to skin up a few days after the snowfall, especially towards the end of the season. 'Earn your turns' they call it nowadays. Back in the days that was the normal situation, because Dr. Gear was already riding powder when half of the lifts in the Alps didn't even exist.
BD Carbon Convert
Anyway, one day Dr. Gear got the Black Diamond Carbon Covert under his feet. Lucky for Dr. Gear, he's always interested in testing material (what's in a name). The Black Diamond Carbon Covert should be a ski that performs on normal powder days, but is an effective touring ski as well and should bring you home via the groomed slopes as well.
Black Diamond has invested heavily in the development of new freeride ski in recent years and that has not gone unnoticed. The Converts has great specs on paper. The ski is built with a 3D Light Sandwich construction, which should provide maximum torsional stiffness with the lowest possible weight. Efficient Power 3D geometry ensures an even distribution of forces over the ski is lighter in the tip and tail. In addition, the ski has a wood core and ABS sidewalls, something that Dr. Gear really loves. In the snow, this should provide the Carbon Converts with a stiffness that great for descending in deep powder, but also with a weight that makes it great to skin up the mountain.
As always, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. One of the most notable things at the Black Diamond Carbon Covert is perhaps the width underfoot. With 105 millimeters underfoot it's not wide enough for the really deep days (read: more than 50 centimeters fresh) according to modern standards, but everything less than 50 centimeters of powder is just a dream with the Carbon Convert. It is also a ski that does't directly punish you when you make a mistake, but at the same time it gives you confidence when you really charge it. The snow should be soft, because that's what the Carbon Covert is made for. When you really charge it, or ski it in hard snow (or for example on the necessary evil that is sometimes needed to get to good freeride called a groomer), then Dr. could Gear couldn't escape the impression that this is too much for the Carbon Convert. That in itself is given the structure of the ski not particularly strange, but hey, they didn't design the ski at BD to be at its best on hard snow. When you ski on the slopes incidentally with the Carbon Convert it's just fine, because there is a good radius and flex.
The Carbon Convert is a great ski for riders who don't focus on skinning up. With its 2880 grams without a binding the Carbon Convert certainly isn't a heavy ski, but the avid tour skier knows just as Dr. Gear that there are lighter skis. Anyway, losing some weight and getting in shape at the beginning of winter are generally also things to make it easier to carry less weight around. And add to that: this ski is 105 millimeters underfoot! How many touring skis can discuss such figures? So there are lighter skis, but hey, it's no problem to skin up a little longer because the ski is light enough for that. Again, the Covert is just good to handle and the skin up is just as great as going down. And when riding down, the 105 millimeters, the confidence and convenience that the Carbon Convert provide are just awesome.
Eventually, Dr. Gear concludes that the Black Diamond Carbon Covert is just a very fine all-round ski. For many riders who also love to tour more often (and not just for the skinning itself), in addition to the "normal" powder runs in the resorts, the Carbon Convert is an excellent choice. The perfect ratio of using the Carbon Convert is probably: touring 40%, 30% freeride, 30% piste. The Carbon Convert comes in short in more extreme situations in terms of speed and hard snow. If you realize that, you'll have a great ski.
*105 millimeter underfoot
*For those who want to know what the difference is between the 'standard' Black Diamond Convert and the Black Diamond Convert Carbon: exactly that carbon. And that makes the Carbon Convert at least 380 grams lighter than the 'normal' Black Diamond Convert.
*Formula One 3D Light Sandwich with pre-peg composite construction and paulownia wood core (high-tech and old-school in one sentence)
*5mm ABS Sidewall with Power Edges
*Skin Lock tail tabs (really useful for skins)
*Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188